Governance

Governance

FSI's research on the origins, character and consequences of government institutions spans continents and academic disciplines. The institute’s senior fellows and their colleagues across Stanford examine the principles of public administration and implementation. Their work focuses on how maternal health care is delivered in rural China, how public action can create wealth and eliminate poverty, and why U.S. immigration reform keeps stalling. 

FSI’s work includes comparative studies of how institutions help resolve policy and societal issues. Scholars aim to clearly define and make sense of the rule of law, examining how it is invoked and applied around the world. 

FSI researchers also investigate government services – trying to understand and measure how they work, whom they serve and how good they are. They assess energy services aimed at helping the poorest people around the world and explore public opinion on torture policies. The Children in Crisis project addresses how child health interventions interact with political reform. Specific research on governance, organizations and security capitalizes on FSI's longstanding interests and looks at how governance and organizational issues affect a nation’s ability to address security and international cooperation.

Recent News

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Bloomberg Businessweek: China Built a Global Economy in 40 Years. Now it Has a New Plan

December 2018

Bloomberg Businessweek writes on China's historic economic reforms and the future to come, quoting Scott Rozelle and REAP's work on education and human capacity building in rural China.

Fieldwork Fail: FSI Faculty Share Lessons Learned the Hard Way

March 2016

"What do I do about the chickens?"When assistant professor of medicine Eran Bendavid began a study on livestock in African households to determine impact on childhood health, he'd already...

Cuéllar looks back on leading FSI

December 2014

For 14 years, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar has been a tireless Stanford professor who has strengthened the fabric of university’s interdisciplinary nature.

3ie: Evaluating Vocational Schools in Rural China

April 2012

REAP Project Manager James Chu explains how evaluating vocational schools is both integral to rural development and how REAP engages partners and policymakers to accomplish its work.

Article for Yale Global: Aging Population and Poverty Require Stronger Investment in China’s rural youth

March 2012

REAP and/or FSI professors Karen Eggleston, Jean Oi, Scott Rozelle, Ang Sun, and Xueguang Zhou report on inequalities in rural China: “Greater investment in public health and education for the...

China’s Economic Stability Depends on More Education, Stanford Economist Says

December 2011

Without sending more kids to high school and teaching them the skills needed to support higher wages, China runs the risk of never really making it as a rich nation.

REAP directors preside over Impact Evaluation workshop for Chinese officials

October 2010

REAP directors Scott Rozelle and Linxiu Zhang presided as head trainers in a Shanghai-based Impact Evaluation workshop on October 16 and 17.

“International Workshop on Evaluation With Participation (EWP)” held in Beijing

August 2009

An “International Workshop on Evaluation With Participation (EWP)” was held in Beijing between August 21st and 23rd.